How to change colour in rows

Learn how to change colour in your crochet so you can start making stripes, intarsia and so much more!

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The basic technique of changing colour in crochet is the same whether you’re working in rows or rounds, double or treble. You need to think ahead to where you want your colour change, then change yarn just before.

Make a small swatch and then practise the technique by following this step-by-step guide. You can use this method to change colour in the middle of a row or round, or at the end of a row, to create all sorts of colour effects.

We’ve stated where to cut the yarn, but you might like to wait until you’re sure it’s right. You’ll find that changing colour creates lots of yarn ends – you can weave these in afterwards, or work the next few stitches over them (we’ll show you how in a forthcoming workshop).

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Step 1

Work on the final stitch before you want the colour change, but stop before working the final yrh – for double crochet (above), insert hook, yrh, pull loop through and stop. Cut old yarn leaving a long tail.

Step 2

Loop your new yarn colour around hook (leaving a long tail of the new yarn) and pull it through the remaining loops to finish the stitch. Pull the old and new yarn ends to tighten the loop on the hook.

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How do I change colour in rows?

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If you’re right-handed…

Step 1

Start working the final stitch in the row, but stop before you work the final yarn round hook (yrh). For treble crochet (above), you would work yrh, insert hook, yrh, pull loop through, yrh, pull through first two loops, then stop. For half treble crochet, you would work yrh, insert hook, yrh, pull loop through, then stop. Cut the old yarn, leaving a long tail (about 7cm long).

Step 2

Now loop your new yarn colour around the hook, leaving a long tail of yarn (about 7cm long).

Step 3

Pull the new yarn loop through the remaining two loops to finish the stitch. Pull the old and new yarn ends to tighten the loop on the hook.

Step 4

Now you can work the turning chain of the new row in the new colour (3ch for treble, or 2ch for half treble). Then work the stitches of the new row in the new yarn colour.

If you’re left-handed…

Step 1

Start working the final stitch in the row, but stop before you work the final yarn round hook (yrh). For treble crochet (above), you would work yrh, insert hook, yrh, pull loop through, yrh, pull through first two loops, then stop. For half treble crochet, you would work yrh, insert hook, yrh, pull loop through, then stop. Cut the old yarn, leaving a long tail (about 7cm long).

Step 2

Now loop your new yarn colour around the hook, leaving a long tail of yarn (about 7cm long).

Step 3

Pull the new yarn loop through the remaining two loops to finish the stitch. Pull the old and new yarn ends to tighten the loop on the hook.

Step 4

Now you can work the turning chain of the new row in the new colour (3ch for treble, or 2ch for half treble). Then work the stitches of the new row in the new yarn colour.